The Pac 12 tournament gets started tomorrow in Las Vegas and the first matchup that intrigued me is the same one that we enjoyed on Super Bowl Sunday. That game saw the Cardinal fall apart down the stretch winning the game but blowing the 10 points spread in the final three minutes. The Cardinal are losers of four straight, mainly due to their star center Oscar de Silva. The Cardinal leading scorer should be active for this game and he has been dominant in their first two meetings with the Golden Bears scoring 23 and 24 in those two victories. The Cardinal will also have star freshman Ziaire Williams who missed both games against California this year. Williams will bring more trouble for a California defense that gives up a lot of easy buckets in the paint.
The California Bears lean on their outside shooting, Matt Bradley and Grant Antevich both shoot over 35% from deep, while Andre Kelly anchors the middle. The California offense will have their hands full against Stanford who ranks 31st in th antion in defensive efficiency. The addition of the length that Zaire Williams brings should make it a miserable night for the Golden Bears. Stanford should be fully healthy for the first time in a while and their depth and defensive efficiency will be way too much for California. The opening line of – 6 for Stanford seems like it is biased on the recent losses for Stanford rather than the complete talent mismatch.
Play of the day: Stanford Cardinal – 6